Ex-England Steve Hodge lands £7million bargain as Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt fetches record sum at auction

The jersey worn by Diego Maradona where he scored two iconic goals in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory over England, including the ‘Hand of God’ goal, sold for a record amount at auction.

Maradona, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, described his first goal in the quarter-final clash, where he kicked the ball into the net, as “a bit with the head of Maradona, and a little with the hand of God”.

Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal saw him rise above Peter Shilton but knock the ball into the net
Ex-England Steve Hodge lands £7million bargain as Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt fetches record sum at auction
And now the blue shirt he wore sells for an exorbitant amount

He then dribbled past a crowd of England players to score again past goalkeeper Peter Shilton. This effort was later voted “goal of the century”.

England midfielder Steve Hodge, who unwittingly sent the ball to Maradona during the build-up to the ‘Hand of God’ goal, swapped his shirt with his rival after the game and has owned it ever since.

The shirt, which has spent the past 20 years on loan at the National Football Museum in Manchester, sold on Wednesday afternoon at Sotheby’s for £7,142,500 – marking a new auction record for any sports memorabilia item.

The auction house described the famous blue No. 10 jersey on its website as being “in overall good condition consistent with heavy use, sweat and sporting activity” with “a slight hem peeling on the front of bottom of shirt and minor stains throughout”. .

Brahm Wachter, Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles at Sotheby’s, said: “This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sport, but in the history of the 20th century.

“In the weeks since the announcement of the auction, we have been inundated with sports fans and collectors, with palpable excitement in the air for the duration of the public display – and that enthusiasm unfiltered trickled down to the auctions.

Ex-England Steve Hodge lands £7million bargain as Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt fetches record sum at auction
The shirt sold for a world record amount

“This is arguably the most coveted football shirt ever to come to auction, so it’s only fitting that it now holds the auction record for any such item.”

The match took place four years after the United Kingdom defeated Argentina in the Falklands War and therefore took on greater significance for both countries.

In his autobiography, Maradona, who died in November 2020 at the age of 60, said: “It was like beating a country, not a football team.”

The previous auction record for all sports memorabilia was the original autographed manuscript of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto, which sold at Sotheby’s for $8.8 million in December 2019.

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